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Before coming to Brown, I lacked interest in politics or any topic relevant to that area; I was not aware of current events or social issues that were not directly pertaining to my own life. However, with exposure to social activism on campus, I have come to realize the importance of such movements and protests. It is crucial that the voice of the minority is heard by the governing body, whether the problem lies in race, sexuality, or immigration. As Beltran explores in his piece “Undocumented, Unafraid, and Unapologetic,” digital media has been extremely helpful in this process of making people’s voice heard. Granted, it takes a lot of courage to speak up, online or offline, but the Internet undoubtedly provides a platform that is easily accessible by both the speaker and the public listeners. As a part of the “young generation” that is exposed to and is an avid user of social media, I have witnessed the power of these platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, in such matters. Even the student protests at Brown University, such as Act4RJ – #moneytalksatbrown, a movement that supports survivors of sexual violence, would not have been so successful without communication online through Facebook events and pages. Consider my current experience: excerpts of the well-written statements from DREAMers, such as Georgina Perez, Viridiana Martinez, and Carlos Roa, in the article are very emotionally touching to me, and these people’s influential words would not have reached me, an audience member, without the help of new media and the Internet.

One surprising point I found from this reading was that these typically lower class, undocumented youth seems to have access to the Internet (“nearly 95 percent of all youth across racial and ethnic groups”). It opened up a new perspective on how these devices and networks are prominent in the world and therefore powerful. On the other hand, I also question these claims: could it be the case that the individuals without access to the Internet are simply unable to report to researchers about their situation because of given circumstances?